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    Maps & Diagrams ‎– Lights Will Call On You

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    If neurologists could download the sounds of the synapses to a handful of brief, representative MP3 files, what would they sound like? Not the inner voice. Too theatrical, too bent on rehearsing the next speech or recapitulating the last one. Think past that, to the background hiss of capillary blood near the ears: a known quantity, where we shouldn’t reside too long. Further still are the loops and echoes of remembered sounds, voices, and songs, and the way those compete with the macro-lens immediacy of real noises around us, and those noises we create: the hum of appliances. The benign scatting of wind chimes. The clink of glasses. In short, what if we could stream the subjective music of simply being human? What would researchers name the first of these files? The first six minutes of strictly neurological music? How about something like “Her Thoughts Are Her Own?”
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    He Can Jog – Norwood, Wisconsin

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    He Can Jog is the work of Erik Schoster, a computer musician from Wisconsin. That is about all he likes to say about his work, understated as ever. The truth is he has been one of my absolute favourite artists for a number of years now and his Middlemarch release on the ever wonderful Audiobulb label is still one of the most played in my house.  
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    Polar M – Northern Birds

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    Polar M is the solo project of Masumi Muranaka who resides in Kyoto, Japan. His beautiful soundscapes are created mostly by electric guitar, and he is also a guitarist for musicians of various genres in Japan.  
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    Naoto Taguchi – Nostalgia

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    Naoto Taguchi, originally from Sapporo and currently living in Tokyo, is an audiovisual artist with a strong musical background (having played the piano since his early childhood) who is also interested in programming, photography, design in general and spinning records as a DJ and beatmaking. He locates himself between minimalist electronica, dubmatics and quirky experimental sound. ‘Nostalgia’ is his international debut and shows a wonderful sense of detail in his structures, whilst never betraying his inate melodic progressions. This is one of the most fun but delicately made records we have put out to date.
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    Autistici – Amplified Presence

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    David Newman’s work as an artist and label owner has always quietly amazed me and been a source of great inspiration, but his most recent record marks David out as one of the most talented, unique and wild (yes, wild) artists around. Autistici’s ‘Amplified Presence’ is one of the most expansive and deeply imaginative works we’ve heard in a long time.  
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    Félicia Atkinson – O-RE-GON

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    O-RE-GON was recorded by Félicia Atkinson in Portland, Oregon at Adam Selzer’s Type Foundry Studio. The album was made on one rainy day in July 2010, when Félicia had already been traveling for 2 months coast to coast in the United States. She was just recovering from a Lyme disease she caught a week before in upstate New York in the deep woods. The sound engineer Adam Selzer showed Félicia all the instruments she could use, most of them she never played before: a fender rhodes, a marimba, and a harmonium, but also some she had used before: a (this time) golden electric guitar and a piano: this is how this day of musical wonder began. Félicia didn’t have any idea what she wanted to play, she had not touched an instrument for two months and wanted the tracks to be completely improvised. So they captured one track in the morning, Grey & Green, and one track in the afternoon: Green & Grey.  
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    Davis / Kleefstra / Kleefstra – Tongerswel

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    Gareth Davis and the Kleefstra brothers got to know one another when Jan Kleefstra received an album from Gareth by mail-order by mistake. He liked the album though and told Gareth through MySpace. The contact was made and a plan to meet up and make some music was quickly formed.  
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    Maninkari – The Half Forgotten Relic of a Dream

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    With The Half Forgotten Relic of a Dream, Maninkari enters a new era. After three albums taken from the same studio sessions, they are back with more direct and refined tracks. As usual, Maninkari uses a great deal of instruments in many styles (cimbalom, cello, viola, synthesizers, percussion instruments), which is quite genre-breaking, without taking the easy way out.  
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    Larkian / Yellow6 – Offtempo

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    The history of Larkian and Yellow6 traces back to around 2001 when Cyril was running the Tricycle Evolutif record label. He invited Jon to release a 7″ single on the label and this, ‘Grey’ was released early 2002. There were some discussions about a split release at the time but this never came about. Forward to 2009 and Cyril and Jon get back in contact via individual releases on the same labels (October Man, Cathedral Transmissions). Cyril sends a track for Jon to contribute to and the collaboration that has become ‘Offtempo’ began. After around a year of file exchange, composition and recordings, the first common collaborative effort by Yellow6 and Larkian was ready to find a home.  
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    Yann Novak – Presence

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    Yann Novak is a sound, video and installation artist living and working in Los Angeles. His work utilizes different forms of digital documentation as a point of departure. Through the digital manipulation of these sound and image files, his works serve as a translation from documents of personal experiences into an open ended autobiographical narrative. By choosing subject matter that is also relatable to the audience, Novak’s work creates a hybrid state, balancing between his own personal history and that of the audience. Yann has had previous works released on Line, Infrequency, White Line Editions. In addtion Yann manages the label Dragon’s eye which has seen numerous works by the artist released.  
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    Mark Fry / The A Lords – I Lived In Tress

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    Released by RCA Italy with little fanfare in 1972, Mark Fry’s Dreaming With Alice is one of those very particular albums whose potency and poetry seem to owe everything to their era but whose virtues only gain traction, and with it coach-loads of interested parties, many years, if not the odd epoch, after their conception. Effectively a late-period psych-folk obscurity that became a record connoisseur’s Holy Grail once all things vaguely Incredible String Band-shaped became once again à la mode in the middle of the last decade, Dreaming With Alice, frequently bootlegged and described by Dream magazine as “one of those albums that feels like a secret you can’t wait to share”, had finally found its time and place.  
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    Mountainhood – America (2 x CD)

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    New mammoth 2 disc set from Michael Curtis Hilde aka Mountainhood, following on from releases with Important, Reverb Worship and Blackest Rainbow.  
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    Sub Loam – The Ley Hunter’s Companion

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    Back in stock: Limited Edition of 230 Hand-Numbered Copies. CD in colour wallet in 7″ sleeve. Sleeve folds out to 14″ poster…  
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    Mountain Ocean Sun – Peace Conference

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    Mountain Ocean Sun’s search for deep peace, heavy drones, and sound healing has found them jamming with Deerhoof in Detroit, starting an organic music society in the extreme tropical heat of the Matthaei Botancial Garden on new years day, and all the way back to their first performance at a 500 year-old buddhist temple in Osaka, Japan.  
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    Liondialer – LIVE!

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    Made up of Greg Haines & Danny Saul, Liondialer were formed in Manchester during 2007, and are now split between Manchester and Berlin. They play entirely improvised music on sporadic shows and tours around Europe.  
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    Danny Saul – Harsh, Final

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    As guitarist with Tsuji Giri (Manchester’s biggest and best kept secret ‘almost’ band of recent years, alongside The Sonar Yen), Saul self-released a Steve Albini-recorded album in 2005, with the band promptly self-destructing upon release. After all the tribulations associated with the process of production and shared decision-making, Danny rethought every aspect of how to perform and record with the minimum of intervention or interference; Harsh, Final is the culmination of a bloody minded pursuit for a personal satisfaction in both making music and Doing Things Right. ‘Your Death’ opens the album with softly plucked acoustic guitar, and proceeds to build layers of acoustic and electric guitars into a hazed atmosphere, which suddenly comes into focus as the track s defining chords state that this is a song, and that everything put in place so far is only framework. And in many ways this typifies what makes the record really tick: the fission between the pull of the songs and the musical dynamics working within and yet outside them. Be sure – Danny Saul is very much not a conventional singer-songwriter, with all the compromise and baggage that carries with it.  
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    Warm Widow – Widower

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    Manchester’s Warm Widow never really intended to make this album – well, not in the way that “Widower” presents itself anyway. This was supposed to be the scratchy blueprint for the actual Warm Widow album, recorded, you know, like proper albums are recorded: in a recording studio perhaps, with an array of ‘appropriate’ microphones, with an actual producer (or certainly an engineer), and time to allow the band the breathing space to ‘nail it’, with additional options to try multiple takes and overdubs – in general, recording with a certain amount of control and ease.  
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    Robe. – Time Dilation

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    Drone/noise in the vein of older Burial Hex, but there’s some more subdued guitar-based action going on here. Like a much, much more interesting version of (unfortunately coincidentally named) Robedoor. The sound of ceremonies drifting across great fogged expanses of time and space. Some moments, especially the last track “Final Glimpse” remind of dark ambient classics like Lustmord’s Heresy and Lull’s Cold Summer.
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    Richard A Ingram – Consolamentum

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    White Box Recordings have so far proven that they are a label to be reckoned with. Previous offerings from the likes of Danny Saul and Liondialer demonstrate that these guys mean business and Consolamentum confirms this as he presents a stunning collection of expressive compositions…  
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    Fursaxa – Alone In The Dark Wood

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    Alone in the Dark Wood is the fifth full-length release from West Philly-based solo artist TAra Burke aka Fursaxa who boasts a fan base with the likes of Bardo Pond, Acid Mothers Temple and Thurston Moore who released a record by her on his Ecstatic Peace! imprint.  
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    Elian – Whispers, Then Silence

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    To say Michael Duane Ferrell (the man behind the Elian moniker) is a patient man would be something of an understatement. But then the work of Elian is all incredibly understated anyway, so it all fits nicely. I first heard Elian’s work through mutual contacts, my first experience being ‘We Are All Visitors Here’ on the rather wonderful Test Tube label. In fact, if you go over the work he has released, you will instantly notice a person who clearly takes his time and treats each album as a labour of love in the fullest sense.  
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    Amnon Wolman – Sustains

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    ‘Sustains’ is an hypnotic journey to Mr. Wolman’s musical personality, a journey into sound and silence, thoughts and feelings, mixed together in a unique way… and the journey sustains, fades in and out of a dream like state where the music is no longer only define notes and sound structures – it is a whole living form.  
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    :take: – s/t

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    After opening our series of split vinyls with white/lichens last year, :take: is back with an EP, and this time, it’s through a new media, i.e. CD format. This great adventure between the label and the guitarist goes on and we hope that we will continue our collaboration in the future. That being said, you should know that we are truly fond of this beautiful project that begun two years ago. Recorded and mixed at home with heart by Laurent Bichara, it was then mastered by Jeremy Lemos. This should be the last step before :take:’s debut album.  
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    Baylis – Howard – McCallum

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    New release from Manchester-based collaboration featuring the talents of Stuart McCallum (Cinematic Orchestra), Paul Baylis (Carmen) & Jon Howard (J. J. Howard). These artists present over an hour of free-flowing, melodic music free from the constraints of traditional composition. Recorded live in one session during the summer of 2010 at Strangeway Studios, Manchester. Limited to 250 copies.  
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    Gultskra Artikler – Kasha iz Topora

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    Last time we came across Russian pranksters Gultskra Artikler they were a duo comprising of Alexey Devyanin and Dmitry Garin, but since the release of the haunting ‘Pofigistka’ on the Lampse label in 2006, Garin has left the band leaving Devyanin to come up with the most definitive Gultskra Artikler statement to date; ‘Kasha Iz Topora’.    
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    Arkhonia – Trails/Traces

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    Arkhonia’s “Trails/Traces” fulfils the much promised, but seldom delivered, remit of large portions of ambient music – “to take the listener on a journey”… From the deep rumblings of the album’s opener to the final decaying notes and crackles of its closing track, all manner of mood-shifting experimentation directs (and occasionally derails) the listener along a sonic path that is at times unnerving and, at others, warmly welcoming.  
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    Chris Weisman & Greg Davis – Northern Songs

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    Northern Songs is the blissful sound of Chris Weisman leaving his body and dissolving into the universe; he sounds very free. Greg Davis (electronic music composer, fractal maker) helps the usually obsessive Chris (psychedelic four-tracker, music artist) surrender to the void.
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    Fursaxa – Lepidoptera

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    A previous member of the band UN, Tara Burke (aka Fursaxa) is now one of the epicenters and key collaborators of the North American free-folk movement, along with such luminaries as Jack Rose, Charalambides, Ben Chasny and the Jewelled Antler Collective.  
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    Andrea Ferraris / Matteo Uggeri – Autumn Is Coming

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    Experimental music, by its very nature, is often unconcerned with melody; other qualities of sound and music are explored, taken apart and reconstructed with the intent of presenting the listener with surprising new ways to engage with the listening experience. Many commendable aural experiences have been produced by mere tweaking of single variables within sound; much of the ambient canon relies on a relatively minimal bag of tricks. It is, however, clear from the outset that “Autumn is Coming…” is a very different beast indeed.
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    For Barry Ray – New Days

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    For Barry Ray is the husband and wife duo of Carina Thorén (Sweden) and John Chantler (Australia). After a number of compilation appearances, long gone CDrs and lathe cut records under various guises, the pair bunked down over the winter of 06/07 to lay the foundations for ‘New Days’, kicking off things Christmas morning with the gift of a London turned silent and a sky free of planes.  
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    Zelienople – Hollywood

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    Hollywood has a real sense of symmetry, dividing itself into two pieces of almost identical length (both hover around the twenty-one-and-a-half minute mark), capturing the Chicago avant-rockers in starkly tenebrous form, carving out drone-shaped sounds from synthesizer, percussion, saxophone and flute.  
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    Small Color – In Light

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    Four years after the release of their debut album Outflow, Japan’s Small Color, a duo comprised of Rie Yoshihara (aka Trico!) (accordion, voice, vintage keyboard instruments) and Yusuke Onishi (guitar, banjo, bass, programming and production) are back with the beautifully polished In Light. This album marks what some may consider a departure for 12k: sublime and gentle, minimal, acoustic J-pop, which once may have been destined for the now-defunct Happy label, but can now sit comfortably beside 12k’s roster of electronic/acoustic ambient hybrids.  
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    Wreaths – Like Sparks From Throats Falling

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    Wreaths is the moniker of Michael R Donaldson. He creates experimental music with a variety of instruments and techniques and has an idiosyncratic approach to capturing the ideas which reside in his head. Like Sparks From Throats Falling opens with ‘Nautical Almanac’. The track begins with long drones and electronics. Slowly building, the effect is mesmerising, then suddenly everything falls away into the abyss, ending with hushed tones, a hint of what’s to come. ‘O! Like Falling Snow’ proffers a more melancholic mood, with plaintive guitar playing backed by mournful strings. The piece is sublime and the delicate guitar feels like it may falter and fall apart at any moment, the fragility lending emphasis to the beauty present.
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    Twinsistermoon – The Hollow Mountain

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    Twinsistermoon is the solo project of Mehdi Ameziane of Natural Snow Buildings, The Hollow Mountain was originally issued by Dull Knife Records in 2009 as an LP limited to only 105 copies, unsurprisingly it sold out in a matter of hours…  
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    Small Town Boredom – Notes from the Infirmary

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    Artists thrive on emotional extremes, moments of unprecedented joy or crushing sadness. It is easier to transcribe these feelings into music. Middle grounds are much too complicated to address with music, the confusion, the mood swings come fast and what would seem like a perfect fit with one’s emotions at one point make no sense after a few minutes. They lack clarity. Melancholy drenched songs in particular seem to connect better with the receivers of music than their happier counterparts. Steven Wilson, mastermind behind Progressive rock group Porcupine Tree, once introduced one of their saddest songs “Stop Swimming” by saying “this next song is a very sad song, but if you’re like me, you’ll find that the saddest songs are also the most beautiful”. I find this to hold true.
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    Tomas Phillips & Marihiko Hara – Prosa

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    Prosa marks the first collaboration between Marihiko Hara and Tomas Phillips… Utilizing a diverse range of instrumentation, both electronic and acoustic, Prosa is as still as it is dynamic. Its formation (a transcontinental process, through the post) was an exercise of patience and concerted application alike. Thematically (but indirectly), Prosa shares a space with writers whose palette wavers between existential crisis, awkward distance, and snapshots of emotional expenditure (e.g. Jean-Philippe Toussaint) and with certain “quiet” descriptions found in classical Japanese literature.
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    M. Ostermeier – Chance Reconstruction

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    M. Ostermeier first two releases were both in mini-album form:  Percolate on [parvo art] and Lakefront on Hibernate.  These releases garnered strong reviews in The Wire, Textura, and The Silent Ballet for juxtaposing melancholic stillness with restrained post-rock urgency.  Throughout, the fragmented piano infused with electronic textures and field recordings established a melancholic and reflective mood but more through style than through melody.
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    Tim Hecker – Norberg

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    Recorded at the Norberg Festival (Sweden) amidst the mineshafts and cluttered buildings strewn throughout parts the city, this 21 minute live piece summarises much of what makes Tim Hecker’s music so vital and compelling. Adept at counter-pointing the most ferocious of distorted platters with smooth beds of ambient sound and potent melodic overtones, Tim Hecker creates music with a vast depth. On Norberg, this depth seems almost endless, as layer upon layer of sound are compiled into a swelling and all together visceral oceanic sound wave. Recently touring Australia and New Zealand and performing at ROOM40’S annual festival Open Frame, this CD comes on the back of some incredible live performances in the Southern Hemisphere.
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    Ben Nash / Sophie Cooper – Alchemy

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    Recorded over a weekend back in the early months of 2009, here are 2 tracks of multi instrumental composition from Ben Nash and Sophie Cooper (CooperJones)… The music here is truly beautiful, personally I think this is some of the best work to come from both Ben and Sophie so far. Total late night guitar meanderings blurred with a haze of deep churning scrapes from various instruments and layered drone bliss, creating 2 totally immersive and beautiful psychedelic drone.
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    Bio + Larkian + Les Poissons Autistes

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    Three:four is happy to introduce you to its first totally Swiss record. Although half of the label is based in Lausanne, we haven’t had the opportunity to work with local bands before. Consider it done with this new record that gathers the cream of the scene from Romandy. Their discographies are proof enough of the vast musical universe they evolve into, with a tendency for all experimentations.
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